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Welcome to the Raptor Research Center

  • American Kestrel released at sunset

  • Snake River & surrounding canyon in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area

  • Silhouette of a Bald Eagle just above the water surface

  • Close-up view of a Golden Eagle

  • Red-Tailed Hawk

Students participating in the Eastern African Raptors class recently returned to the Boise State University campus.  This class was offered 1/2/17 – 1/10/17.  The class is designed for students with an interest in the ecology and conservation of East African raptors.  The class has both a lecture and field research format.  Classes take place at Lake Naivasha (3 days) and Masai Mara National Park (4 days).  Daily lectures focus on African raptor ecology and conservation issues threatening their populations, and field work includes surveys of the raptor communities in the parks.  During surveys, elephants, lions, giraffes, zebra, impala, wildebeest, and water buffalo are frequently seen as well as Secretary Birds and Ostriches.  The course is a unique opportunity and an unforgettable experience for students.

Read the article by Kathleen Tuck

Read more about the Kenya project here and view the amazing photographs by Boise State University photographer John Kelly

Established in 1987, the Raptor Research Center (RRC) supports graduate education for the unique Master of Science in Raptor Biology degree from the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University. The center conducts research and provides technical assistance about birds of prey and other wildlife. The RRC also provides support for the Intermountain Bird Observatory and the center cooperates with other organizations, such as The Peregrine Fund, that share mutual interests in the basic biology of raptors and the conservation of natural resources.

The Raptor Research Center provides teaching assistantships and research support to graduate students and to faculty associated with the Raptor Biology graduate degree program. Students can conduct research on a variety of topics and species in the laboratory, as local field projects, or in international settings.

Raptor Research Center scientists conduct grant-based research with a variety of wildlife species and diverse conservation issues.

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See Boise State Students Get an Up-Close Look at Endangered Vultures in India to experience the adventure of this 2015 Spring Break Trip to India.

Visit the “Boise State is for the Birds” webpage!